JPSA completes building expansion for upping solar, LED micromachining equipment manufacture

Dec. 13, 2010
JP Sercel Associates (JPSA) has officially completed the expansion to its laser manufacturing facility--and celebrated the fact last Friday, December 10, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Manchester, NH--JP Sercel Associates (JPSA) has officially completed the expansion to its laser manufacturing facility--and celebrated the fact last Friday, December 10, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Announced in 2009, the expansion is an additional 24,000 sq ft, that gives JPSA a total of more than 58,000 sq ft of workspace. The addition allows JPSA, which makes UV excimer and diode-pumped solid-state laser (DPSS) micromachining systems, to meet increasing demand for its LED, solar, and other micromachining platforms.

Guests at the ceremony were treated to a tour of the addition, which included office space, a more-than-two-story-high assembly area (which had bolts drilled into the walls' girders to add a second-story floor if needed), other assembly areas, and clean rooms of various sizes. The addition was manufactured as an environmentally "green" building, with radiant-heat floors and skylights to minimize energy consumption.

Speakers at the ceremony included Jeffrey Sercel, founder of JPSA and the company's chief technical officer; Charlie Cuneo, JPSA's president; New Hampshire state senator Lou D'Allesandro; and Ted Gatsas, mayor of Manchester. (Senator D'Allesandro mentioned that he had taught at the building that is now JPSA's headquarters back when it belonged to the University of New Hampshire.)

"This building represents growth for each one of us involved in this business," noted Cuneo.

JPSA also announced an expansion to its job-shop operations with the addition of new DPSS, ultrafast, and excimer laser workstations.

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